HoHOTo: A Recap

A couple of weeks ago we held the follow up to December’s hugely successful HoHoTo event which raised $25,000 for the Daily Bread Foodbank here in Toronto.

Held on August 18th, wright in the thick of a hot & sticky week here in Toronto, almost 500 people from Toronto’s technology, marketing, social media & visual thinking communities came out to support the party at the Wetbar & Suite 106 clubs (they’re two different floors of the same building).

While the summer kept our goals a little more modest – we’re pleased to have been able to raise over $10,500 as of the night of the event (a final tally is in the works) and as an added bonus we raised another few hundred dollars with a twitter auction of unclaimed raffle prizes. You can find photos from the evening on Flickr in the #hohoto pool.

The reality is, at this time of year, every penny counts. Like December, the middle of the summer is another spot where the foodbank sees fundraisers and donations drop off sharply. We’re pleased and proud to be able to pull together events in these “quiet” times that help give them an unexpected boost when they need it most.

Thanks to everyone in the community who came out and supported the event! If all goes well we’ll see you in December again.

– Ryan

HoHoTo is Back – August 18, 2009


Who says we have to wait until Christmas to have another party? HoHoto is back on August 18th. Dubbed Ho-HOT-o, in recoqnition of our summer date this party is shaping up to be another fantastic event to benefit the Daily Bread Food Bank here in Toronto.

Here’s the official announcement:

‘Tis the season… for HOT times and good deeds! HoHOTo brings the holiday spirit to the hot summer nights with a grand party at Wetbar & Suite 106 on August 18. There’ll be DJs, prizes, beautiful people, interactive fun and the warm fuzzy joy of doing good on a night out.

Once again the HoHOTo crew are bringing people together to support the Daily Bread Food Bank, feeding hungry people across the GTA. Show your support by buying tickets or just making a donation, and then Tweet (we’re @hohoto, or just use the #hohoto hashtag), email, Facebook or blog about your contributions.

You can share photos with us, send our DJs live requests via Twitter, but most importantly, come and party with the crew that brings the good times AND the good deeds.

Our holiday party last December was a huge success, and we’re planning even bigger things this year. Don’t miss out! There’s only 500 tickets for sale and once they’re gone… they’re gone.

As the post says “once they’re gone… they’re gone” and I guarantee you they will be. Last winter’s event sold out in just 9 days and I won’t even go into how much the few tickets that did become available sold for in the days leading up (let’s just say today’s price of $10 is one heck of a deal in comparison).

Sponsor HoHoTo!

If you’re a local business and want to help out in a big way, consider sponsoring us! Just drop me an email at ryan (at) ryancoleman (.) ca and I’ll connect you with the sponsorship team. Watch the Hohoto.ca site over the coming days as more details will be emerging about the sponsorship packages we’re offering.

So make sure you get your ticket and come join us for the Hottest party of the summer.

– Ryan

#Hohoto – The Toronto Community Gives Back

Cross posted from the VizThink.com blog

As December approached I had been trying to figure out what to do with the Toronto VizThink Community, my plan at the time was a simple “VizDrinks” idea, basically a mixer at a local bar with whoever wanted to come out. Around the same time a group Montreal announced they were doing a big Christmas party for the technology/startup community and the idea was floated about doing something similar locally in Toronto. A handful of us through our support behind the idea and on December 2nd we met at a downtown bar to come up with a plan.We left with a name, #Hohoto, a date and a cause – Toronto’s Daily Bread Foodbank.


The next 13 days were a blur as the event came together and this past Monday night we found ourselves at the Mod Club in downtown Toronto, with a sell out crowd of over 600 people from the technology, marketing and visual thinking communities here in Toronto, and at the end of the night handing the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank a check for $25,000.

I put together the following video/slide deck as a brief history of the event:

The outpouring of support from the community was overwhelming, as you can see from the video above we had over 60 organizations sponsor us either with cash contributions, in-kind services or raffle prizes so we could raise a little extra money at the event as well.

I want to personally thank two of our VizThink sponsors, and community members, Betsy Weber & the team at TechSmith and Michael Deutch & the team from Mindjet. Techsmith added a few licenses each of Camtasia and Snagit to the mix for us to give away and Mindjet gave us a couple of copies of Mindmanager for Windows 8 (Over $3000 in prizes alone from these two companies!) – all three are fantastic apps that I use daily and I know many people were hoping their ticket got drawn for them.

All in all it was a wild night, from interactive video walls displaying tweets tagged with hohoto to DJ requests via Twitter and the insanely popular p#hohoto booth setup and run by Rannie Turinigan & Canon (pics here). We even had a recorded messages from a handful of 2.0 “Celebrities” including Biz Stone, co-founder of twitter – heck, even the mayor of Toronto, David Miller recorded a greeting for the crowd.

All in 13 days. It was truly something special to be a part of and I was glad I got to include the VizThink community as part of it too. I also want to thank my co-conspirators without whom this wouldn’t have happened:

Leila Boujnane – CEO, Idée Inc.
Alexa Clark
– Managing Partner, Plethora Press
Duarte Da Silva
– Senior Manager, Communitylend.com
April Dunford
– Director, Incubation Marketing, Nortel
Peter Flaschner
– Founder, The Blog Studio
Rob Hyndman – Founder, Hyndman | Law & Mesh Conference
Sheri Moore – Partner, Creative Director, MCC Planners Inc.
Michael O’Connor Clarke – Vice President, Thornley Fallis Communications Inc.
Michael Penney – El Presidente, Afterlight Films
Michele Perras – Manager, Mobile Experience Innovation Centre
Corey Reid – Chief Cat Herder, FreshBooks
Ryan Taylor – Goldsmith, Adventurer, The Fair Trade Jewellery Co.
Rannie Turingan – Photographer, photojunkie.ca
Elena Yunusov – Founder, communicable.ca

Embedded below is a slideshow from the #Hohoto Flickr Pool. If you want to see more of the fun at #Hohoto you can also check out Flickr YouTube Facebook or Twitter